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Rock-bottom Toon to stun Saints

Rock-bottom Toon to stun Saints


Newcastle United are at the foot of the table after losing at home to Brighton but they can grab their first victory of the campaign when they make the long trip to Southampton on Saturday.

Rafa Benitez and Mark Hughes have endured dreadful starts to the season with Newcastle failing to win any of their first nine Premier League matches while Saints have just one three-point haul to their name – a 2-0 triumph at Crystal Palace eight weeks ago.

Southampton have failed to score in their last four games and have only found the net six times all season, the same tally as Newcastle, so a low-scoring affair at St Mary’s seems guaranteed.

Newcastle to win 1-0 @ 8/1

Benitez’s side have performed better on their travels than at home, drawing at Cardiff City and Crystal Palace and taking a 2-0 lead at Old Trafford before eventually losing 3-2 to Manchester United and can edge to a narrow victory on the south coast.

Huddersfield Town are also winless after nine matches but they have been performing more impressively recently, drawing 1-1 at Burnley three weeks ago and pushing Liverpool all the way last weekend and being unfortunate to lose by a single goal.

The Terriers managed to avoid relegation last term despite only scoring 28 goals and David Wagner’s team have the same problem this season. They have just four goals to their name so far with no player finding the net more than once.

Huddersfield to beat Watford @ 4/1

They visit Vicarage Road on Saturday to take on a Watford side that followed up a 4-0 home drubbing against Bournemouth by securing a fine 2-0 victory at Wolves last weekend.

Unlike Town they have several players able to find the net on a regular basis with Roberto Pereyra (four), Andre Gray with three and Troy Deeney (two) all starting the campaign superbly.

However, Huddersfield produced one of their best performances of last season at Vicarage Road when they beat the Hornets 4-1 in December and can enjoy more success there this weekend.

There should be some cheer for under-pressure Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic when the Cottagers take on Bournemouth.

Fulham to win and both teams to score @ 14/5

Jokanovic, despite signing the likes of Alfie Mawson, Joe Bryan and Calum Chambers in the summer, clearly does not know what his best defensive line-up is and his side have conceded 12 goals in their last three games and are on course to let in more than a century of goals this season.

They have conceded 25 goals in their first nine matches, Cardiff have the next worst record with 19, and have let in two or more goals in eight of those games.

Clearly they need a clean sheet against the Cherries, available at 7/2, but sixth-placed Bournemouth have been superb so far with their only significant blip being a 4-0 humbling at Burnley.

It could be another high-scoring affair at Craven Cottage, with over 3.5 goals available at 27/20.

It will surely be back to normal for Cardiff following their thrilling 4-2 victory against Fulham last weekend when they travel to Anfield to take on a Liverpool side that easily beat Red Star Belgrade on Wednesday in the Champions League.

The Reds may not be firing on all cylinders but they remain unbeaten in the top-flight and, even though Jurgen Klopp is expected to make wholesale changes to his starting line-up, they should be able to ease to a routine three points against the Bluebirds, with a 2-0 victory for Liverpool available at 25/4.

Sigurdsson to score the first goal @ 12/1

Everton will start Sunday’s match at Old Trafford above 10th-placed Manchester United in the table after winning their last three matches.

Marco Silva’s team are starting to gel after a sticky period in September and in Gylfi Sigurdsson, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison have key players in form.

United’s play remains stodgy and they are in danger of missing out on a top-four finish for the fourth time in six seasons in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era.

Jose Mourinho’s team have started games slowly recently and that pattern could continue with United available at 11/2 to win the match from behind with the in-form Anthony Martial 11/2 to score the first goal.

Burnley’s superb 2017/18 season began with a brilliant 3-2 victory at Stamford Bridge – a result that also contributed to the Blues’ disappointing campaign.

However, it could be a different story on Sunday at Turf Moor when the two teams meet again.

Despite having two strikers – Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata – who seem incapable of scoring goals on a regular basis, Maurizio Sarri has guided Chelsea to six victories and three draws in their first nine matches while Burnley have already lost five games.

Morata can be backed at 9/2 to score the first goal against the Clarets.

Palace to draw with Arsenal @ 59/20

Crystal Palace may have only scored five goals so far but Roy Hodgson’s side held Manchester City to a goalless draw at Selhurst Park last season and can frustrate a Gunners side that have won their last seven Premier League matches. A goalless draw in the London derby is available at 12/1.

Brighton’s survival in the top-flight last term came largely on the back of their fine home record – 29 of their 40 points came at the Amex Stadium where they were only beaten four times.

It looks set to be a similar pattern this season as Tottenham are the only team to have beaten the Seagulls on their own patch.

Wolves will be reeling after losing 2-0 at Molineux to Watford last weekend but may be edged out by Chris Hughton’s side in a low-scoring contest. A 1-0 win for Brighton is available at 7/1.

Finally Leicester City have not drawn a Premier League match yet and have scored at least one goal in each of their nine contests.

The Foxes and Saturday’s opponents West Ham United have each suffered back-to-back losses and a draw at 12/5 seems the most likely outcome at the King Power Stadium.

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